The Best, Basic Marinade of the Summer: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

Makes 2/3 cup

At the end of a hot summer day, we all like to fling a piece of chicken or fish or steak on the grill, and be eating dinner with no fuss in short order.  But not a boring dinner, no that’s not for us.  With this 5-ingredient mixture you’ll be turning the most basic piece of protein into a meal you’d be happy to serve your family and just about anyone who might stop by on a warm summer night.  This will last for at least 5 days in the fridge.

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If you want one boilerplate marinade for the summer, this is it.  Perfect for chicken, pork, shrimp, and any kind of fish.  Marinate chicken for at least 4 hours, up to 12 for bone-in pieces, shrimp for 30 minutes to 1 hour, and fish for 30 minutes.   The mustard helps emulsify the marinade, making it thicker so it really clings to the food.  Serve with a Garlicky Garden Pasta Salad, or a Modern Greek Salad.  This is also a great salad dressing.

Other marinades to try:

Ginger, Lime and Mint Marinade

Indian Curry Yogurt Marinade

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Style Marinade

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  • 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Put the olive oil, shallots, lemon zest and juice, mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl of a jar with a lid.  Whisk or shake to combine well.

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2 thoughts on “The Best, Basic Marinade of the Summer: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade”

  1. Beth says:

    How long can you leave this in the fridge for? Sounds delicious!

    1. Katie Workman says:

      easily 5 days, and I’ve probably gone over a week…..

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